Italian job lands Kyle a place in the Worlds
Diver surprised himself with first place finish
and I thought if I dived to my best than I might be able to win.
“When I was watching the competition I started to think more and more that if I put in my best dive I would have a chance.
“On my last dive I knew that I had to do really well to have a chance at winning and luckily I managed it.
“It was scary because I was up there knowing what I had to do so I just tried to stay calm and think about my training and do the same. After that I knew I was guaranteed silver, which was already incredible, but then I watched the other guy who could have won.
“That is the number one achievement of my career so far, and now I have the chance to go to the worlds.”
The World Junior Championships will be Kothari’s biggest competition to date, and he admits that it has all come around faster than he could have ever expected.
“I have upped my training from 24 hours a week to about 32 because I think my coach recognised that I was improving and could go further,” he added.
“So that’s paying off now, and this is without doubt the best year of my career and I want to keep it going.
“Before this year I was thinking it would take me a few years before I could medal at the Europeans, but it has come around so quickly.
“If I dive to my absolute best at the Worlds there is an chance I can make the podium, then hopefully I can make the step up to senior level at some point – and then my goal is to make it the Olympics.”
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‘AMAZING’: Kyle Kothari is looking forward to the World Junior Championships